Gabrielle Union Reacts after Terry Crews Defends 'America’s Got Talent' & Praises Its Diversity
Gabrielle Union appears to have responded to her former colleague Terry Crews after his comments praising the diversity of "America’s Got Talent." This comes amid investigations into claims that Union was subjected to racism during her time on the same show.
We’ve not heard the last of the AGT-Union controversy. The latest development happened after Crews, the show host, stopped by "TODAY" on Thursday to somewhat discredit claims that a toxic work culture exists at AGT.
After it was announced in November that Union would not be returning as a judge on the NBC show, Variety published an explosive report alleging that the actress was let go for standing up against several incidents of racism.
Fans reportedly noted their disappointment by recalling the time Crews opened up about being a sexual assault victim
Union also allegedly got complaints from the show producers about her appearance and her hairstyles being "too black." NBC and the other show producers – including show creator Simon Cowell’s company – have since launched an investigation into the claims.
.@TerryCrews speaks out about Gabrielle Union leaving "America's Got Talent," after her claims of a toxic work environment.— 3rd Hour of TODAY (@3rdHourTODAY) January 23, 2020
"I can't speak for sexism...but I can speak on any racism comments. That was never my experience," he says. pic.twitter.com/XEoxn7gvWP
Union noted during her Twitter outburst on Friday that the agreement had been to remain silent until the investigation was over. Still, it appears Crews’ comments had her changing her mind.
Responding to a fan’s tweet declaring "love and support" for her, Union said: "Thank u! Cuz girlllllll Truth telling, wanting change & having MULTIPLE witnesses who bravely came forward to let EVERYONE know I didn't lie or exaggerate, really exposes those who enthusiastically will throw you under the bus, forgetting quickly who stepped up 4 THEIR truth."
Maaaaaan... We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this... ohhhhh baby let's gooooooooooo!— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020
Most likely reacting to Crews’ praise of AGT as a "diverse place," Union added:
"Let's also talk about where the diversity is in the hair & makeup dept for contestants that DOES NOT reflect all that diversity that hits the stage. Let's Google the exec's that run the show & ask follow up?? about THAT egregious lack of diversity. Let's discuss the facts."
Why anyone would gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed... But we already know. https://t.co/8MAfmzSgmI— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020
When one Twitter user wondered why some folks pretend racism does not exist, Union also replied, saying she had no idea why anyone would "gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed." "But we already know," she added.
Per Daily Mail, that last part of Union’s tweet is most likely in reference to the "Today Show" and AGT both airing on NBC. It’s not unlikely that it would make "Today" co-hosts hesitant about pressuring Crews any further.
According to MadameNoire, Crews' comments were especially disappointing because it sort of signified him throwing Union under the bus, and considering that they were the only two black people on the show, that didn’t look too good.
Many fans reportedly noted their disappointment by recalling the time Crews opened up about being a sexual assault victim in Hollywood, and Union supported him unequivocally.
During his appearance on "TODAY," Crews said Union had not made any public statement about the allegations. Still, he also admitted that he was yet to reach out to her since the controversy began.
If anyone was confused, Union’s Twitter commentary sounds like she does not deny those allegations. Per Deadline, the NBC investigation is scheduled to wrap up by the end of this month.